Episode 059: Meet Dr Sylvia Earle — A National Geographic Society Resident Explorer, Oceanographer, Author, Lecturer, and “Oceandiver”


  • 04:32 Meet the Queen of Ocean Divers
  • 11:29 Ocean Health Update
  • 16:05 Nature is Not a Supermarket
  • 22:31 The Ocean’s Worst Enemy
  • 30:28 Mission Blue
  • 40:09 Grab the Chance to Make a Difference
  • 47:54 Work with the Natural Systems
  • 54:28 Protect the Earth
  • 58:29 Take Care of the Planetary Chemistry


Episode Shownotes:

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  • 10:50 Humans have had such a profound impact on the nature of nature.” -Dr. Sylvia Earle
  • 12:41 “We do have superpowers, but the greatest superpower is knowing. It’s only right about now that we are beginning to understand the consequences of our actions and are motivated to do something about it.” -Dr. Sylvia Earle
  • 16:05 “We do know what to do, it’s just having the will to take this seriously… The reality is, we cannot do it in 24 hours but we certainly can not wait any longer..” -Dr. Sylvia Earle
  • 19:30 “Nature is a library. It should not be regarded as a supermarket.” -Dr. Sylvia Earle
  • 23:13 “With a billion dollars, we cannot make even one tuna. We need to think differently about the value of the ocean to our existence and the value of life in the ocean.” -Dr. Sylvia Earle
  • 29:10 “Viruses don’t care anything about our art, or music, or our desire to live. We’re just a habitat.” -Dr. Sylvia Earle
  • 30:49 “We can be right now, that powerful generation. What we do or fail to do will determine the future of life on Earth, ours very much included. We can be that agent of change.” -Dr. Sylvia Earle
  • 39:22 “Nature keeps us alive. How much of your heart do you want to protect?” -Dr. Sylvia Earle
  • 40:56 “Look at the everyday decisions that you make. You’ve got a chance to make a difference!” -Dr. Sylvia Earle
  • 41:21 “We’re paying dearly for our lack of understanding, but there’s no excuse anymore. Now we know.” -Dr. Sylvia Earle
  • 45:42 “Ocean is where the action is.” -Dr. Sylvia Earle
  • 47:19 “Get out there and start protecting what we love the most- the oceans and life itself.” -Imi Barnaeud
  • 49:21 “We are connected to not just life on earth as it currently exists, but life on earth as it has existed through all previous history. We’re the beneficiaries of this long history that has shaped Earth into a habitable spacecraft.” -Dr. Sylvia Earle
  • 51:32 “The words respect and dignity are closely aligned. And they are absolutely vital to finding our way going forward.” -Dr. Sylvia Earle
  • 52:26 “A wave doesn’t happen with a single drop of water. It takes a lot of troughs of water to make a wave. And here we are!” -Dr. Sylvia Earle
  • 54:31 “Protect what remains of the natural world and do everything you can to give back to restore what’s been damaged and lost. Do it as if your life depends on it because it does!” -Dr. Sylvia Earle
  • 55:43 “Act as if you are able to make a difference because you’re the only one who has control over you.” -Dr. Sylvia Earle





My name is Imi Barneaud and I am a surfer, a mum and an entrepreneur. My podcast is a series of weekly conversations with surfers about careers.

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Imi Barneaud

Imi Barneaud

My name is Imi Barneaud and I am a surfer, a mum and an entrepreneur. My podcast is a series of weekly conversations with surfers about careers.